Based in United Kingdom
Much of my life has been concentrated on earning a living, and although Art was my favourite and best subject at school it wasn’t the sort of thing that was considered a suitable career back in the early 1980s in the steel and mining towns of South Yorkshire. I went into the hotel and catering sector almost straight from school and, through the application of my innate common sense, practical problem solving skills and solid work ethic, worked my way up to management posts. Throughout all this I was always able to impress friends with my drawing skills, but it wasn’t until I turned 40 that I decided I had to do something with that skill. I embarked on a foundation art course and followed that up with a graphic design degree. Although I learned how to use many excellent tools and techniques, I discovered that graphic design is not really about art, in the way that a classical art degree would have been and this wasn’t the career path for me. However, doing the foundation course and the degree did give me the confidence to put my drawings and art out there for public consumption, and it became clear that I have the ability to deliver what people want to put on their walls and enjoy. During my degree study, I started to create art works for public display and engaged in a number of exhibitions, including the biennial York art fair and an annual exhibition that takes place in Spitalfields market in London. Both were successful, and in particular the variety of styles that I am able to deliver was noticed. Since then I have formed successful liaisons with galleries in Ripon and Redcar, exhibiting and selling my work through both. Many of my paintings generate further commissions, particularly landscapes, children and pet portraits. I like to bring something just a little bit different to each painting, a unique touch that brings the subject to life. My inspiration comes mainly from my travels, to the americas, Europe and the east. I would say my favourite subjects are animals, both domestic and wild, as evidenced in the exhibition that I did called Reckless Endangerment at the Palace Hub Gallery in Redcar 2018.